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Finance & Sustainability Colloquium: Karen Patterson Greene, Director Planning and Evaluation & Steven Rothstein, Managing Director of the Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets at CERES

by Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise (CSGE)


Tue, Apr 6, 2021

6:00 PM – 7:15 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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NBA 6380: Finance & Sustainability Colloquium was launched 10 years ago to provide students the opportunity to hear in-depth presentations and engage with leaders from the private, public, and non-profit sectors who are on the cutting edge of the finance-sustainability domain. As sustainability (the simultaneous consideration and management of economic, social, and environmental outcomes) has become a dominant theme in the business community over the past 30 years, the course offers students the chance to develop deeper understanding of its impact on the finance profession and the impact the profession is having on companies to address sustainability goals. Cornell Tech MBA students interested in registering for the course should directly email the instructor, Mark Milstein, at with their name, program, student ID number, and NetID. Sessions are held Tuesdays, 6-7:15p. The class is a 1 credit hour, S/U course. This term’s speakers include:

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Karen Patterson Greene

Director Planning and Evaluation & Steven Rothstein


Karen Patterson Greene is director for planning and evaluations at CERES where she works with Program teams, Development, Communications, Finance, Human Resources and organizational leadership to ensure that Ceres’ strategic and annual planning processes strengthen and scale Ceres’ efforts to build a sustainable future for people and the planet. She also leads Ceres’ internal evaluation efforts.


Karen joined Ceres in 2013 and initially served on the Development team, identifying funding needs, articulating success stories, and developing compelling cases for funder support. Prior to joining Ceres, Karen served as a project manager for local grassroots environmental organizations, including the Charles River Conservancy, MassRecycle, the Waltham Land Trust and the Great Swamp Watershed Association (NJ).


She holds a BA (Clark University) and an MS (Virginia Tech) in Geography, and a Masters in Public Policy (Tufts University). She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, two sons, and their Labrador Retrievers Jersey and Bella.

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Steven M. Rothstein

Managing Director of the Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets


Steven M. Rothstein is the founding Managing Director of the Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets. Ceres Accelerator aims to transform the practices and policies that govern capital markets in order to accelerate reduction of the worst financial impacts of the climate crisis and other sustainability threats. Steven’s 40 years of experience will be critical to explore the most effective strategies for the Accelerator to focus on and move capital markets towards climate sustainability.


Steven has had a successful career starting, managing and growing several non-profit, social change and government organizations. After college he was one of the founding team of Citizens Energy Corporation, the world’s only non-profit oil company. This enterprise, and its related organizations, grew to provide tens of millions of service for low income and needy individuals through oil, natural gas, electricity, energy conservation, pharmaceuticals and renewable energy. After several years, Steven went on to manage a Massachusetts $300 million human service state agency’s programs and facilities for people with intellectual disabilities. He then started and ran Environmental Futures, a management and market consulting company serving a wide range of enterprises in the US and internationally seeking to grow their environmental work. He also ran the New England market for Constellation’s entry and expansion into this market as a successful electricity broker. His career also includes running the world renowned, Perkins School for the Blind, as well as Citizen Schools and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.


He has worked at local, state, federal and international levels of government. Steven served on many non-profit and government boards. He has spoken and written extensively and worked with partners in the corporate, non-profit, government and philanthropy sectors.


Steven has a BA with Honors in Political Science from Williams College and an MBA from Northeastern University’s D’Amore - McKim School of Management. He also studied at Duke University’s, Institute of Public Policy. He and his wife, Susan, live in Somerville. They have two grown sons. He is currently on the Brady Campaign for Gun Safety Board and the Mass Civic Learning Coalition’s Steering Committee.

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